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Updated Shelby GT350 the potent snake you cannot have


With the refreshed Ford Mustang having been on sale in its home market for just over a year, the Blue Oval has now officially unveiled the updated Shelby GT350.

In a surprise move though, the GT350 does without its sibling’s updated front and rear ends, with the only exterior additions being a new aerodynamics package consisting of a new rear spoiler with optional Gurney flap, a “wind-tunnel” developed Ford Performance grille and a new carbon fibre lip spoiler.

Riding on 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber developed specifically for the GT350, the newest hottest Mustang also gets an upgraded version of the standard car’s MagneRide active suspension, a three-mode electric power steering setup, six-piston Brembo brake calipers at the front and four at the rear as well as a Ford Performance tuned three-mode electronic stability control system.

Inside, and despite Ford choosing not to reveal interior pictures, the GT350 benefits from a new 12-speaker B&O Play sound system, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SYNC3, dual-zone climate control, Recaro sport seats with Miko suede inserts, a special aluminium instrument panel plaque with the option of having it in carbon fibre and redesigned door panels with dark slate Miko suede stitching.

With the arrival of the more powerful GT500 drawing closer, Ford has opted to keep the GT350’s punch unchanged, with the normally aspirated 5.2-litre again delivering 392kW/582Nm, connected solely to a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox. No performance figures were released.

As with the standard Mustang, production of the GT350 will take place at Ford’s Flat Rock Plant in Michigan from “early 2019”, but as it will be made in left-hand drive only, local availability has effectively been ruled out.

Article written by Autodealer
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